Date: August 22, 2013
To: Parents of New University Students
From: Patricia M. Lampkin, Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer
Re: Last-Minute Move-In Reminders for UVa Parents and Students
Dear Parents of New Students:
This is an exciting time for you and your family as you prepare for your student's start at UVa. We share your excitement with this new beginning and are looking forward to your imminent arrival. To help with the move-in process, we are providing a few last-minute reminders. (Welcome, once again, if you have already arrived for Orientation Session H.)
Please remember, your student received an assigned Move-In Day - either Friday, Aug. 23, or Saturday, Aug. 24, based on her or his room assignment. Complete details about move-in weekend are available on the University Housing and Residence Life website: www.virginia.edu/housing. If you have questions or comments about the move-in process, please contact 434. 924.3736 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several highlights and reminders:
President's Welcome Address: President Teresa A. Sullivan will be speaking to parents twice during the weekend in Old Cabell Hall auditorium. Please plan to attend either Friday, Aug. 23, from 3 to 4 p.m., or Saturday, Aug. 24, from 1 to 2 p.m. We hope you will take a break to enjoy this official welcome from President Sullivan, followed by time for Q&A. Students may also attend, but the program is primarily geared toward parents.
Individual schools also will host programs on Friday and Saturday afternoons to welcome parents and students. For details, please see the schedule.
Driving Directions: To ensure the best traffic flow and access to your student's residence hall, please use the directions found on the Housing and Residence Life website, using the pull-down menu for Move-in Information by Residence Area.
Safety: We emphasize the importance of practicing good safety habits beginning with Move-In Day. Even when moving into a new residence hall, it is a good idea for students not to leave personal items unattended or doors unlocked. Please help us reinforce smart safety with your daughter or son. You can find tips in the UVa Parent Handbook at http://parenthandbook.virginia.edu/student-life/safety.
Checking-in: On Friday, new students can begin checking in at 9 a.m., and on Saturday at 8 a.m. Students will need to show a photo ID to pick up their room keys (only students can pick up the key). Check-in takes place at each residence hall. You may park your car near the appropriate location for brief unloading, and then you will need to move to longer-term parking.
Look for the Student Greeters, dressed in brightly colored T-shirts, who will help you unpack your car and carry items into the residence halls. A number of other University officials will be circulating throughout the Grounds to provide help and answer questions. The University Police and Parking and Transportation officials also will be providing assistance.
Residence Hall Meetings: Students must attend a meeting with their resident advisers on the day they move in - Friday from 8 to 9:30 p.m., or Saturday from 8 to 9:30 p.m., so please plan your day accordingly.
Dining Options: Several retail dining locations will be open on both Friday and Saturday for your convenience if you would like to eat on the Grounds. On move-in weekend as well as throughout the year, parents may eat free in dining halls when accompanied by a student who is signed up for a meal plan. For a list of open locations and hours, click here.
Hydration stations offering free bottled water also will be available in the first-year areas on Friday and Saturday.
Alcohol-Wise Course: Earlier this month, you and your student received separate emails from University Dean of Students Allen Groves regarding the online Alcohol-Wise course. The course takes about an hour to complete, and your student is expected to complete it by Friday, Aug. 24. Parents are also invited to review the course; the email from Dean Groves provided log-in instructions.
Orientation Evaluation: We are interested in your feedback regarding Summer Orientation. Please take a few moments to complete the evaluation form recently emailed to you or write email@example.com. We appreciate you and your student taking the time to give us your thoughts.
Your Student's Mailing Address: To find out how to send mail and packages to your student, please visit http://hms.housing.virginia.edu/addresses.
Deposits to Cavalier Advantage: You can easily add money to your student's Cavalier Advantage account by going to https://uofvirginia.netcardmanager.com/student/guest_deposit.php (a $2 processing fee applies; cash deposits made on the Grounds at designated machines do not incur this fee). Cavalier Advantage is an account tied to your student's ID card. It frees students from carrying cash or coins and can be used for any number of purposes - laundry, vending, photocopies, and in the U.Va. Bookstore and at University Dining locations. For additional information, consult the website or contact the Cavalier Advantage office at 434.982.5735 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Orientation: Students can find the complete schedule for Fall Orientation at www.virginia.edu/orientation/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/fall2013schedule.pdf. Activities begin on Move-In Day and continue throughout next week.
We look forward to your arrival, and we wish you well as you prepare for this transition in the life of your family. Please call on us if we can help in any way.
Safe travels and warm regards,
Patricia M. Lampkin
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